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18 Jan

Years ago the Joshua tree was recognized by American Indians for its useful properties: tough leaves were worked into baskets and sandals, and flower buds and raw or roasted seeds made a healthy addition to the diet. The local Cahuilla have long referred to the tree as “hunuvat chiy’a” or “humwichawa;” both names are used by a few elders fluent in the language. – The National Park Service: Joshua Tree National Park, Nature and Science, Plants, Trees and Shrubs, Joshua Tree

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